Here we go again.
It is that time of year to begin taking stock of your life. Setting goals. Are there changes you need to make? What do you like/want to keep? What do you want to work on? What do you need help with?
January is just around the corner.
And leading up to January is typically the time for evaluating last year; and for setting fresh priorities for the new year.
Re-prioritize your focus.
Setting priorities in the middle of life’s constantly moving targets should probably be done in sound bites rather than all at once. Take time to do it deliberately and with mindfulness. It is just too easy to get discouraged in that “not yet” state of being…So, take it slow and deliberately. Examine family, work, church, & play obligations. What goes? What stays?
Ask yourself: What is your most important priority?
The Apostle John teaches (see John 3:1-21) you MUST be born again. It is not an option. You can be assured that out of this flows all the power of God to help you accomplish all He has for you. We are each created by His design. Our God knows what is best for each of us individually. And that is to spend our eternity with Him. This is the starting place and is non-negotiable if you want TRUE success.
What is evidence you are born again?
You become a follower of Jesus. You get to know Him through His Word…the Bible. The key is not in the words you speak. Or any act you do. It is WHO are you following? WHO is your role model? I hope your answer is Jesus. If not, let’s talk!
What is evidence you are a follower of Jesus?
Clear evidence is seen in your longing for time with Him, and your desire for relationship. You look forward to time reading, studying & memorizing His Word. Ephesians 6 calls it the sword of the Spirit for good reason. It is the weapon you can pull out to fight the devil’s attempts to discourage you.
You begin to talk with the Lord about what you read. About decisions you have to make. About how you spend your time. You learn, though practice, to trust Him more with each passing day. You can’t see the wind, but you can observe its power. You can’t see the Spirit but you can feel it each day as He encourages and guides you as you spend time with Him. He desires to disciple you. And that takes time. This needs to be your: Priority #1.
What is evidence you have a relationship with Jesus?
You are steadily becoming more like Him in thought, word, and deed. It begins to feel more and more natural. It doesn’t happen overnight. It is a gradual process. Just like the parent/child relationship. The child has to learn the various aspects of growing up. So does the child of God. You start with milk and you graduate to meat. You begin to show evidence you are: The follower of Jesus. The disciple of Jesus. YOU! 😉
When you first make that step, there can be a separation anxiety. Things may feel strange. And even periodically along the way, it is common to lose focus and suffer from a mini crisis and a bit of confusion. But do what you did at first and peace will return.
Always: Come “Home” to Jesus.
“Father, I easily drown in a sea of priorities. Give me grace to accept that my relationship with You should be the most important goal of my life.”
Scripture Union’s Encounter with God. November 17, 2016.
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